National Locksmith Magazine Editor Goes Paula Dean! - Publishes Racial Stereotype Slur Against "Brothers from the Hood"
In an editorial regarding right and wrong, The National Locksmith Magazine published by National Publishing Company 1533 Burgandy Parkway, Streamwood IL. appears to have gone Paula Dean, with editor Greg Mango publishing a racial stereotype about "brother(s) from the hood". This statement was made alongside the negative connotation about the parasitic scammers and hackers.
Is this really necessary in an editorial about copyright concerns?
This is the typical ignorant stereotype about inner city black people, that they are always thugs and non-civilized people or in some way associated with criminal activity. It is similar to Blacksploitation and I find it offensive on behalf of many good friends and fellow professionals who are minorities. It appears to me that the TNL magazine has a negative pre-disposition towards African Americans which is cause for concern, especially in an industry where minorities are greatly under represented, but who often out perform the competition.
Paula Dean seems to be catching a lot of heat and losing a lot of sponsors from something said 30 years ago. I wonder how long before the TNL starts losing its sponsors, or will the sponsors endorse such a racial slur?
The SOPL welcomes locksmiths from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds.
For those seeking an alternative, I would recommend you check out The Independent Locksmith Journal - http://tiljonline.com/
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Tom Lynch, CRL